Iowa Games Race Report

This past Sunday, June 28th, we finally saw mountain bike racing happen again here in Iowa after a long stretch had passed since our last event on May 3rd. Contrary to the pun, that was an eight week drought of withdrawal for many racers due to Ma Nature!

Ma Nature did not disappoint this time around either as we had a morning shower before the race. However, not enough rain fell at Peterson Pits to derail plans for the event to take place. Part of this has to do with the particular trail system at Peterson Pits being a multi-use trail and the type of soil being able to withstand a lot of abuse. Our riding on it actually rode it into shape compared to many of the normal horse hoof prints that were there before the trail was marked.

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Race is on for IMBCS #5 Iowa Games!!!

Game Face Everyone – the race for Sunday is ON!
by Eric Roccasecca

IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games race at Peterson Pits. If you missed the early online registration dates, or were afraid of the weather so you didn’t register – not to worry. A reminder to all that onsite registration is available on Sunday for the IMBCS #5 race at Peterson Pits starting at 8 AM June 28th.

Peterson Pits is an ideal race course for all types of riders. It is a beginning racer friendly track (separate course for Beginners that the rest of the field), as well as leg burning full out racing for our experienced riders. Bring a friend. Bring a colleague. Bring a kid. Bring a spouse. Bring a date. Racing and fun for all on a course that everyone can ride without fear. Mud? No worries say our race director Kyle Sedore and his lovely assistant, Paul Varnum. 

Don’t believe me? Just ask Kyle…


Photo Courtesy of Janan Felts

A little mud can be fun. After all, this is mountain biking.

This is our first partnership event with Iowa Games (our online registration sponsor/provider). Come out and support Iowa Games, earn some IMBCS points, and get your game out on some dirt. Details can be found here for start times, categories, etc…

  • $35 on-site registration.
  • Directions: Proceed west off I-35, exit 113; north on Dayton Road; left on East Riverside Rd; right on Grand Ave. US Hwy 69; then east on 180th St. to Peterson Park.

Race Director Kyle Sedore wants YOU!


IMBCS # 4 Solistice Slam at Ewing Park Reschedule Announcement..

Ma Nature is dumping pails of rain on us this year (yes, it is one of those years). As we experienced with Seven Oaks, this is causing the usual havoc for most of our dirt venues leading to courses not being ready to ride come race day.

I just got off the phone with our Race Director – Nathan Cline – for the Summer Solstice that was scheduled for this coming Sunday, June 21st. Due to the amount of rain the Des Moines area has received, we are making the call today to cancel this Sunday’s race and reschedule to to a weekend in September. The TBA weekend for the reschedule is September 19-20 (yes, we are aware of the destination event known as Chequamegon takes place on that weekend and many Iowa racers may be in Wisconsin that weekend). However, choosing a date that was available for Nathan, Team Sakari and one that allows enough time to get the trails ready to ride at the Ewing Park system is what led to this initial TBA September 19/20 reschedule.

In any event, no racing this Sunday at Ewing Park for the Solstice Slam. Sorry about that, but some years Ma Nature dictates to us when and where we can race – no matter how well we have planned things in advance.

Seven Oaks Race Postponed Again

Official word from Seven Oaks race director, Derek Brewer:

Due to the rain last night, we are sad to say we will have to postpone the race for tomorrow at Seven Oaks. I am very disappointed after seeing how good it looked yesterday, but it just doesn’t appear that it will be able to dry much today. At my house, 15 miles from Seven Oaks, we only had about 2/10″, but there was considerably more here. Thanks to all that have been following the updates and making plans.

Information about a new date will be posted on Facebook and the IMBCS website soon

Seven Oaks Trail Looks Good

Official word from Seven Oaks race director, Derek Brewer:

Just got back from the trails…weed wacked and hiked 1–1.5 miles and I was happy with what I saw. Trails are overall FIRM and TACKY. Like Adam said, very few puddles and greasy spots. I had no problem hiking in my smooth boots.


Saturday evening’s rain is forecasted to stay south, and Sunday is supposed to stay dry until later. SO, don’t make other plans just yet, get your gear packed, buy some bug spray, and COME RACE with us on SUNDAY!!! Keep checking back here for any updates. THANKS!!

New CAT I Gender Equal Payment Schedule kicks in for IMBCS #3 this Sunday at Seven Oaks…

A huge thank you to IMBCS racers, the IMBCS Advisory Board, and the 2015 IMBCS Race Directors for engaging in a healthy discussion regarding a new rule change to the IMBCS Rules/Guidelines with regard to gender equal cash payouts for the top spots in the CAT I Overall Men and Women races.

Equal Pay

This is a big step forward for IMBCS and something we can all champion.

Racing fires up in earnest with the next 3 consecutive weekends of IMBCS events: Seven Oaks, Ewing Park, and Peterson Pits.

So ladies and gentlemen – get on those bikes and come out to our races to compete!!! Encourage others. Bring a friend. Join the fun!!